Update: Rescinded DHS July 6 Policy Directive

We are very happy to confirm that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rescinded the July 6 policy directive.

International students are no longer required to take at least some in-person college coursework in order to remain in the U.S., or to have an updated I-20 issued on their behalf at this time.

As noted by President LeBlanc, “This is great news for our international students and all of those who have advocated for and supported our international students through this situation. This is the right decision and it will help international students continue their education in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.”

We stand in solidarity with our international students, and we look forward to starting the fall semester with you. If you are an F-1 student who has requested a new I-20 from the ISO as part of the July 6 announcement, it is no longer required and has not been issued on your behalf. If you have questions about your immigration status, please contact your GW International Services Office at [email protected]. We look forward to working with you in the year to come.

Undergraduate Students
Incoming international undergraduate students should work with the academic advising team in their school to select courses that meet their needs, whether that is on campus or online for the fall 2020 semester.

Graduate Students
For your fall 2020 semester, flexible starting options exist for graduate students to accommodate starting from abroad, please see below for specific information from your school:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Elliott School of International Affairs

School of Business

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

GW Law School

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Please continue to monitor your email and our website for updates from the International Services Office.